Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I focused on recognition of some of the more frequently occurring words. We also reviewed his writing homework and read a few books."
"2/18 5:30pm- 6:45pm Tonight was my first night with the student, and he is an energetic and enthusiastic learner. My goal for tonight was to get to know him a little better and assess where he needs work in math, as well as find his reading level to better prepare for future tutoring sessions. In math, the student was able to identify written letters, both upper and lower case. He was also eager to share that he knew the sounds for each letter as well. He was able to identify a circle, square, rectangle, oval, cube, sphere and a cone with 100% accuracy. He hesitated on the name for a triangle and a cylinder. In the future we will also work on a hexagon and a rhombus. He was able to count from 1-20 orally and stated that he could count past 100. When asked to start counting up from 23, he had no problems. He was able to write numbers 1-15 easily. He was also able to complete AB patterns with shapes independently. He was able to complete ABC patterns with shapes with help from me. In reading, the student was very enthusiastic to read the Reading A-Z books. He ended up reading the books to both his mom and his dad because he was so proud that he could read them by himself. I conclude that he is a reading level B in the Reading A-Z program. He was able to figure out unknown words by using context clues from the pictures. He knows the letter sounds but has difficulty putting the sounds together to sound out the words. We practiced with his homework packet and the "-ag" sound. Once he realized that all of the words had the same -ag sound, be was able to recognize them more quickly and put the first letter sound with the -ag sound to spell the words. In the future, I would like to work on word attack strategies and being able to put the letter sounds together to sound out a word. The student's parents and I also discussed working from the weekly homework packet, as well as possibly getting the next week's words to give him some extra practice. I am sensing that he and I will be focusing more on reading than math in the near future."
"I was happy to see that the student's reading scores have improved. At our session, the student read aloud from a chapter book, and answered reading comprehension questions orally after each chapter."
"We began by reviewing the student's handwriting homework, which was well-done. I then checked his responses to questions about The Lemonade War, which were correct. We then read together an article about "dinosaur fish" from the newspaper. She comprehended the selection very well and recalled facts without looking back at the article. We spent some time talking about what certain words in the article meant. For next week, she has additional writing homework, and his parents are ordering him the next book in The Lemonade War series, which he will begin reading when it arrives."
"We began the lesson by introducing the proper way to write a conclusion paragraph. After conversing about how we would outline the paragraph, we learned three helpful proofreading methods (as well as useful transitions). We completed a few comma exercises (Oxford comma/ parentheses commas) and completed a grammar activity to practice what we have learned thus far. At the end of the lesson, the student wrote his conclusion paragraph. We will start the lesson next week by going over this and proofreading it. Additionally, we proofread our first paragraph that we wrote and used the proofreading techniques to fine-tune this."
"We began today's session with a reading comprehension activity. I gave the student a picture with some questions after it. This allows students to develop a stronger comprehension base without using a book. We also read chapter 10 in The Secret Garden. She is doing better with comprehension but still needs to improve her ability to remember details of a story. For the next session, we will continue to work on The Secret Garden."